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Two arrested in Sunday night vehicle chase


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A man and woman were arrested Sunday night and both face criminal charges after allegedly leading Roswell Police on a vehicle pursuit.

Jason Crumpler (Submitted Photo)

Roswell residents Jason Crumpler, 38, and Ashleigh Allen, 34, were taken into custody after reportedly crashing the black Ford Crown Victoria they were driving into a ditch and then fleeing on foot from the scene of the accident, according to documents filed Monday in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

Both Crumpler and Allen were found nearby a short time later and subsequently taken into custody.

Crumpler is charged with one count each of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; vehicles entering a stop or yield intersection; and accidents involving damage to a vehicle. Allen faces one count of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

The pursuit began Sunday at 10:22 p.m. when an RPD officer in a patrol unit saw the Crown Victoria traveling south on Main Street. The officer recognized the vehicle as similar to one driven by Crumpler, who was the subject of an active arrest warrant for failure to appear.

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Court documents state the RPD officer saw the Crown Victoria pull into the parking lot of a 1000 block of South Main Street business as the patrol unit followed. The Crown Victoria then exited the parking lot and proceeded west on Reed Street.

The Crown Victoria reportedly turned north onto Pennsylvania Avenue at an accelerated rate of speed after running a stop sign at the intersection of Reed Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

The driver continued north on Pennsylvania Avenue, allegedly failing to stop or slow down at seven additional stop signs.

While continuing north on Pennsylvania Avenue and crossing 12th Street, the front passenger side tire went flat on the Crown Victoria. Two other vehicles, one heading east and one heading west, narrowly avoided a collision with the Crown Victoria as it headed west with sparks flying from the front and rear tires on the passenger side.

The vehicle then turned into a field west of Cielo Grande, heading southwest, with rising dust reducing visibility. After crossing Sycamore the vehicle plowed through a thick brush and crashed into a ditch.

Officers, once they reached the ditch, determined that the vehicle’s driver had fled on foot. Allen, who according to court documents was known to be Crumpler’s girlfriend, was found just west of the Crown Victoria.

Ashleigh Allen (Submitted Photo)

Allen, court filings state, told police that she was a passenger in the Crown Victoria during the chase and that a Hispanic man whose name she did not know was the driver. She alleged that the Hispanic man also threatened to shoot her if she did not flee the scene of the accident on foot.

Still believing Crumpler to be the driver, police canvassed the area looking for him. At 10:42 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call from the residents of a 2700 block of West 8th Street home, where residents reported that a man was in their backyard shed.

When police arrived at the location, court documents state, Crumpler was found in the shed and taken into custody. He was taken to a hospital where he received stitches for a laceration on his lower lip.

Crumpler reportedly admitted to police that he had driven the Crown Victoria and instructed Allen to run from the scene. According to court documents, he also said that his passenger-side tires flattened after he had struck a curb.

Judge K.C. Rogers set bond for Crumpler at $10,000 cash or surety when he made his first appearance Monday in Magistrate Court. Allen, pleading not guilty to the criminal charge against her, was released on her own recognizance.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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